Aafke Ytsma (1988) is a Dutch painter situated in Leeuwarden (NL). She graduated in Fine Art at the academy of art in Zwolle (2011) and works at home and abroad. Regularly combining travelling with art, as with the project Walk of Art
(2014). When she walked from the north of the Netherlands to Nice on her own and in five month time. Capturing the nature she encountered on her way in 78 watercolours.
Ytsma creates depictions that hold the middle between painted snapshots and film stills of daily life. On the one hand her works display existing location and events, such as her own vegetable plot, a forest she walked through, or a woman travelling in a train. On the other hand they are constructed realities where reminiscences come to life. In these paintings, memories merge with influences from films, photography, literature, comic books, the history of painting, etc. People drive around in brand-less cars, in a landscape that calls to mind the north of the Netherlands, someone drinks a beer in front of a caravan. In reconstructing these settings Ytsma searches for images that are archetypical and represent the contemporary time.
2007-2011 ArtEZ hogeschool voor de kunsten, Zwolle, the Netherlands
2018 H47, Leeuwarden, Fanzine "Genius van Leeuwarden"
2017 Museum Belvedere, Heerenveen, Art Noord, stand melklokaal
2014 Stânfries X, Leeuwarden, “Walk of Art”
2017 Municipal gallery Pafos (CY), “In Search of Common Myth”
2017 Melklokaal, Heerenveen “A portrait show”
2017 Museum Arnhem, Arnhem “In de geest van Pierre Janssen…"
2016 Kunstruimte Wagemans, Beetsterzwaag “The sitters”
2015 De Fabriek, Ried "Volledig 2.0"
2011 Inspectie voor de Gezondheidszorg, Zwolle.
2011 Extrapool, Nijmegen, “Destillaat”
Koopman collectie, Heereveen
2014 Walk of Art, Catalogue, ISBN 978 9491276248
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